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In Chile’s choice for Oscar consideration, the title character is Marina (Daniela Vega), a young waitress and aspiring singer in love with older, successful businessman Orlando (Francisco Reyes). One night Marina takes him to hospital in a medical emergency, but is dismissed by doctors and Orlando’s family, solely because she is a trans woman. This critically lauded film by Sebastián Lelio (Gloria) boasts an extraordinary performance by Vega, who is a transgender performer herself. She inhabits what A.O. Scott in The New York Times praised as “at once a straightforward story of self-assertion and defiance and a complex study of the nuances of identity.” Writers: Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza. Director: Sebastián Lelio. Rated R. In Spanish with English subtitles. (Chile 2017) 104 min.

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